Patrick Poivre is a French television journalist and is a household name in his native country.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor also earned the nickname PPDA during his career.
Following his dismissal in 2008, PPDA would present his last newscast on TF1 in July 2008.
The Early Days of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor
PPDA was born on 20th September 1947 in Reims, France. Patrick Poivre obtained his Baccalaureate at the age of 15 years old and became a father for the first time.
PPDA claims to descend from Jacque Poivre, who was the brother of the 18-century nobleman, Louis XV.
PPDA’s Journalistic Career
Poivre began training as a journalist at the Centre De Formation (CFJ) when he was 22 years of age and would take his first role in 1971 as morning newsreader on France inter.
PPDA joined Antenne 2 in 1974 which was the same time Valery Giscard d’Estaing was elected President,
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor would present his first bulletin in 1975 and would continue to do so until July 1983.
After a short time with Canal+ PPDA joined TF1 in 1986 and presented the Sunday edition, A la folle pas du tout and Ex Libris.
In 1987, PPDA became the present of the weekday’s news-2 on TF1. He would this position until his dismissal in July 2008, which PPDA stated that there were no objective reasons as to why he should have been dismissed.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor as an Author
As well as having years of experience in the world of journalism, PPDA also published a series of books.
His first book “Les enfants de l’aube” (Children of Dawn) was d’Arvor’s first book and came in the form of a novel.
The book tells the story of Tristian, a teenager with a chronic illness that falls in love and becomes a gather.
Although not a biographical piece by any means, the story does draw a lot of inspiration from the life of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, in that he had leukemia as a child and was a father at an early age.
The book would become the basis from the 2003 television “The Child of Dawn” albeit in an altered state.
“Petite homme” (Small Man) tells the story of a four-year-old who isn’t taken home to his mother’s house as usual, with his father taking him on a trip instead.
The book looks at how the child enjoys time with his father while still guessing and learning as to what has happened to his mother.
Lettres a l’absente (Letters to the Absent) was about his 16-year-old daughter Soleen, and her suffering of anorexia nervosa, an illness that meant Soleen was refusing food, which was jeopardising her health.
Unfortunately, Soleen took her own life at 20 years old, and this book reflects the struggles and pain experienced.
The book has been cited as an open letter that explores the causes and aid available for his child and details the suffering of a father who had to maintain a public image due to his career.
Elle n’etait pas d’ici (She Was Not from Here) was an extension of this and offered an overview of the distress and pain that was experienced following the death of his daughter.
As well as being described as a poignant story that was written to help himself overcome the grief, the book also been embraced by others that have to deal with the ramifications of anorexia and bulimia.
As well as covering personal details of his life, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor has also published books that relate to his love of travel.
“First Class: Legendary Train Journeys Around the World” takes a different direction to other books and allows readers to gain a better understanding of some of the great train journeys around the world.
As well as retelling adventures about travelling iconic trains such as the Orient Express. PPDA also details about some of the fascinating train journeys he has enjoyed across Asia, Europe and Africa.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor as a Keynote Speaker
Given the journalistic background of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor it should come as no surprise that he has also held a series of immersive talks that have taken place all over the world.
PPDA has also been an active visitor to refugee camps and disaster zones in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan.
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